• 00:01    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:25    |    
    Introduction by Mary Anastasia O'Grady
  • 01:24    |    
    Presentation of the panel
  • 01:33    |    
    Edward H. Crane
    • American experience
    • The New Deal
    • Individual liberty
      • Neoconservative movement
      • Supply-side movement
    • Phenomenon in the United States
  • 10:24    |    
    Emilio J. Pacheco
    • History of freedom in Latin America
    • Cuban Revolution
    • The armed struggle
    • End of the Cold War
      • Carlos Menem
      • Carlos Andrés Pérez
      • Washington Consensus
    • Return of Fidel Castro
    • General conclusions
      • Democracy
      • Results of the Washington Consensus
      • Future of liberty
  • 20:52    |    
    Lawrence W. Reed
    • Freedom in the last half century
    • Loss of liberty
    • Personal story
  • 27:09    |    
    Question and answer period
    • Entitlements in the welfare state
      • Crane, Tony Blair
      • Economic growth
      • Pacheco, Latin America
      • Servile state
      • Reed, long-term liabilities
      • Immorality of the state programs
    • How influential is the UN in promoting the welfare state and government intervention in markets?
    • What terms should be used when referring to a capitalism system?
    • Has there been a failure in democracy in the past fifty years?
      • Reed, politicians
      • Pacheco, Venezuela
      • Crane, principle of nonaggression
    • Are there beacons of freedom outside the United States? What contribution can technology make to freedom?
      • Crane, technology at UFM
      • Reed, India
      • Crane, China
      • Pacheco, Latin America
    • What elements had a great influence on the progress of freedom in the last fifty years?
      • Pacheco, Catholic church
      • Crane, media
      • Reed, popular culture
      • movie
    • Is freedom the basis of a society or the result of a particular aspect of a society?
    • What has happened to the rule of law during the last fifty years?
  • 01:00:17    |    
    Final words
  • 01:00:30    |    
    Final credits

The Progress of Freedom: The Last 50 Years of Freedom

About this video

In this video, a panel of experts analyzes the high and low points experienced by freedom during the last half century. Their observations focus on the United States and Latin America and draw on their many years of experience at the Cato Institute, Liberty Fund, and the Foundation for Economic Education. The specific topics explored in this discussion include the distinction between liberty and democracy, the welfare state, the influence of the United States abroad, and the role of technology and new media outlets in promoting the cause of freedom around the world. The influence of specific institutions, including the United Nations and the Catholic church, are also examined. The discussion ends with a look at the serious consequences resulting from the deterioration of the rule of law during the last fifty years.


The Progress of Freedom: The Last 50 Years of Freedom
Acton Institute

Juan Bautista Gutierrez Auditorium
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, November 16, 2009

New Media - UFM production.  Guatemala, December 2009
Camera: Rodrigo Escalante, Manuel Alvarez, Mario Estrada; digital editing: Mynor de Leon; index and synopsis: Sergio Bustamante; content reviser: Jennifer Keller; publication: Mario Pivaral/Carlos Petz


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín